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Best of Scotland

7 Days 1 Country 10 Cities

Enjoy Scotland at a leisurely pace: experience its cities, and discover its castles, legends and lochs.

"Everything was exceptional"

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7 Days 1 Country 10 Cities

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    • Edinburgh Tattoo 04-26 August 2017: We've included Tattoo tickets when you're in Edinburgh on the departures 03 August, 06 August, 10 August, 13 August, 17 August and 20 August 2017.
    • One of the most spectacular annual events is the Edinburgh Tattoo. It is simply not to be missed. Military bands from all over the world take to the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle to play rousing tunes culminating in the haunting bugle call of the Last Post. The Tattoo is run for charitable causes and has donated over £5 million to military and civilian charities and organisations. Trafalgar includes tickets and arrangements for our guests for every trip in this brochure that stays in Edinburgh during the Tattoo dates above.
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    • Twin-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
    • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 

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    Edinburgh, UK

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    Glasgow, UK

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      • Edinburgh Tattoo 04-26 August 2017: We've included Tattoo tickets when you're in Edinburgh on the departures 03 August, 06 August, 10 August, 13 August, 17 August and 20 August 2017.
      • One of the most spectacular annual events is the Edinburgh Tattoo. It is simply not to be missed. Military bands from all over the world take to the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle to play rousing tunes culminating in the haunting bugle call of the Last Post. The Tattoo is run for charitable causes and has donated over £5 million to military and civilian charities and organisations. Trafalgar includes tickets and arrangements for our guests for every trip in this brochure that stays in Edinburgh during the Tattoo dates above.
      • Trip prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy and reflect applicable discount. Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
      • Trip prices are correct at the time of the products going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however are subject to change - please confirm all details at time of booking.
      • For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Website Terms of Use page.
      • Twin-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
      • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 

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      About this trip

      The land of the ancients - cliff-top castles, standing stones and Rob Roy. Travel from Scotland's literary capital, Edinburgh, to feisty Glasgow, the heart and home of golf, St. Andrews, and the battlefields of Culloden and Glencoe, as your quest takes you past the lochs and glens of the Scottish Highlands and Glengoyne Whisky Distillery for a well-deserved 'wee dram'.


      Trip type: Country Explorer i

      Trip code: BBOS

      6 Nights

      accommodation

      10 Meals
      • 6 full breakfasts

      • 4 dinners (including Be My Guest)

      On-trip Transport

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • City tour in Edinburgh

        • Orientation of Glasgow and Stirling

        • View the 18th green at St Andrews, the Glenfinnan Monument, Eilean Donan Castle, Loch Ness, Glencoe, People's Palace and Winter Gardens and George Square in Glasgow

        • Visit Edinburgh Castle, Pitlochry, the Isle of Skye, Culloden Battlefield and Stirling Castle


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 6 full breakfasts

        • 4 dinners
          (including Be My Guest)


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      Travel Highlights

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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

        • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

        • Ferry from Mallaig to the Isle of Skye

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

        • Tickets are included for the world-famous Tattoo during the Edinburgh Festival

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


       

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      Your Itinerary

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      Day 1

      Arrive Edinburgh (2 Nights)

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      Day 2

      Edinburgh Sightseeing

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      Edinburgh – St. Andrews – Pitlochry – Scottish Highlands (2 Nights)

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      Isle of Skye, Culloden and Scenic Highlands Excursion

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      Day 5

      Scottish Highlands – Glencoe – Glasgow (2 Nights)

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      Day 6

      Glasgow Orientation and Stirling Castle Excursion

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      Depart Glasgow

      Day 1

      Arrive Edinburgh (2 Nights) Day 1 - Arrive Edinburgh (2 Nights)

      On arrival, relax and explore this fascinating capital city. This evening, meet your companions and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception, which includes a light meal and drinks.

      Hotel

      Novotel City Centre

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Hotel

      Novotel City Centre

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Day 1

      Day 2

      Edinburgh Sightseeing Day 2 - Edinburgh Sightseeing

      This morning, your Local Specialist takes you on a sightseeing tour of this wonderful city, including a visit to Edinburgh Castle, perched high above the city. See the Royal Mile, the elegant Palace of Holyroodhouse in the shadow of Arthur's Seat, and the new Scottish Parliament building. Admire the elegant Georgian architecture in the New Town. During the Edinburgh Festival, your visit will include tickets to the dazzling Edinburgh Tattoo.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Rosslyn Chapel

      We’ll drive out of Edinburgh to the tiny village of Rosslyn, where you’ll hear the inside story on the famous Rosslyn Chapel. You’ll also visit one of Scotland's most unusual 15th century buildings, famed for its associations with the Knights Templar, the Masonic movement, and now 'The Da Vinci Code'.

      Adult Price: £17.50

      Scottish Show With Dinner

      Tonight is your chance to put on that tartan and join us for an evening of singing, dancing and bagpipe playing at an internationally famous venue. You’ll enjoy delicious food and wine, join in the singing and watch a Highland dance or two. There's even a chance to sample Scotland’s national dish – haggis.

      Adult Price: £58.00

      Day 2

      Day 3

      Edinburgh – St. Andrews – Pitlochry – Scottish Highlands (2 Nights) Day 3 - Edinburgh – St. Andrews – Pitlochry – Scottish Highlands (2 Nights)

      Travel across the Firth of Forth to St. Andrews to view the celebrated ancient university and the home of golf. Continue north across the Tay at Dundee, to visit Pitlochry, a charming village on the banks of the River Tummel. Explore the village or join an Optional Experience to visit Blair Castle, ancestral home to the Dukes of Atholl. Dine tonight at your hotel.

      Hotel

      Laggan Authentic Accomodation

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Laggan Authentic Accomodation

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Optional Experiences

      Highland Farm Experience

      Visit a real Highland sheep farm and meet Neil the Shepherd and his border collies. He’ll show you how he uses different whistles to command each dog to carry out different tasks. You’ll also have the opportunity to try your hand at sheep shearing, feeding the pups and discover his training techniques. Weather permitting.

      Adult Price: £14.00

      Pitlochry. Visit Of Blair Castle

      Set in its own grounds against a backdrop of glorious scenery, you’ll visit the castle and find out more about the home of the Duke of Atholl – the only man in Britain to have a private army.

      Adult Price: £20.00

      Day 3

      Day 4

      Isle of Skye, Culloden and Scenic Highlands Excursion Day 4 - Isle of Skye, Culloden and Scenic Highlands Excursion

      This morning travel to the coast and take a ferry over the sea to Skye from Mallaig to Armadale. Drive up the Sleat Peninsula and admire the spectacular scenery before stopping for time to have lunch. Cross over a road bridge to view scenic Eilean Donan Castle back on the mainland. Continue your journey past the lochs and glens of the Scottish Highlands and visit Culloden battlefield. This site was where the final confrontation of the Jacobite rising of 1745 took place and also played a part in the religious civil war in Britain. Later return to your hotel.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Day 4

      Day 5

      Scottish Highlands – Glencoe – Glasgow (2 Nights) Day 5 - Scottish Highlands – Glencoe – Glasgow (2 Nights)

      Stop at the Commando Memorial near Fort William for breathtaking views of Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis. Continue south through Glencoe, 'Glen of the Weeping', site of the infamous massacre of the Macdonald clan by the Campbells in 1692. Journey along the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, immortalised in the well-known Scottish song, to the lively city of Glasgow.

      Hotel

      Radisson Blu/Hilton Strathclyde

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Hotel

      Radisson Blu/Hilton Strathclyde

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Glasgow City Evening

      You'll enjoy a chance to experience a night out in the city of Glasgow. Your Travel Director will take you for an evening of good food, a drink, and undoubtedly interesting conversation.

      Adult Price: £36.00

      Loch Lomond Boat Trip

      Discover the wild beauty of the 'Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond'. As we cruise across the loch, the skipper will share stories of the area and point out Rob Roy's cave as you relax and savour the stunning scenery.

      Adult Price: £15.00

      Day 5

      Day 6

      Glasgow Orientation and Stirling Castle Excursion Day 6 - Glasgow Orientation and Stirling Castle Excursion

      Start your day with an orientation of Glasgow including views of the magnificent People's Palace and Winter Gardens which was opened in 1898, the impressive George Square as well as the River Clyde, former heart of the shipbuilding industry. Enjoy some free time to explore this vibrant city. Later visit Stirling Castle, a symbol of national pride and once a place of great power. See the 'Stirling Heads' and visit the halls, chapels and bedrooms of this imposing castle. From the castle walls view the Wallace Monument - dedicated to Sir William Wallace and overlooking the battlefield of Stirling Bridge. Later travel into the Trossachs National Park. Here enjoy a Cultural Insight into whisky making with a visit to Glengoyne Whisky Distillery to sample a 'wee dram'. Tonight, experience a Be My Guest Farewell Dinner at a working hill farm on the banks of Loch Ard.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      Day 6

      Day 7

      Depart Glasgow Day 7 - Depart Glasgow

      After a hearty Scottish breakfast, bid farewell to your Travel Director and companions as your holiday in Scotland comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Day 7

      Available Departures

      Please see http://www.trafalgar.com:80/aus/tours/best-of-scotland for the latest discounts & departure information.

      The Trafalgar Difference

      • Be My Guest
        Join the Wood family at their 15th century historical farm on the shores of Loch Ard for a home-cooked Scottish dinner, tales of Rob Roy and a few foot-tapping Ceilidh tunes

      • Cultural Insights
        Visit Glengoyne, known as Scotland's most beautiful whisky distillery, for a tour and a tasting of their unique Highland single malt whisky

      • Hidden Treasures
        Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

      • Local Specialists
        For included sightseeing in Edinburgh

      • Authentic Accomodation
        Enjoy Highland hospitality at Laggan Hotel located within Cairngorm National Park in the Scottish Highlands.

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      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • City tour in Edinburgh

        • Orientation of Glasgow and Stirling

        • View the 18th green at St Andrews, the Glenfinnan Monument, Eilean Donan Castle, Loch Ness, Glencoe, People's Palace and Winter Gardens and George Square in Glasgow

        • Visit Edinburgh Castle, Pitlochry, the Isle of Skye, Culloden Battlefield and Stirling Castle


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 6 full breakfasts

        • 4 dinners
          (including Be My Guest)


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      Travel Highlights

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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

        • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

        • Ferry from Mallaig to the Isle of Skye

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

        • Tickets are included for the world-famous Tattoo during the Edinburgh Festival

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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      The Trafalgar Experience

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      Enjoy the wonder of travel, crisscrossing the globe through the seasons. On effortless adventures in breathtaking new horizons, forge lifelong friendships and memories. Our lovingly crafted itineraries are a fascinating mosaic of cultures, flavours, festivals and local stories. We’re with you all the way, guiding you and ensuring you experience the real thing: the sheer love of travel, entirely hassle-free.


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      Meet warm-hearted locals and like-minded travellers. Along your journey of discovery, stop to share stories and flavours with local farmers, chefs and winemakers. Pause to admire the handicrafts and rich traditions of amazing artisans. Explore the essence of Europe through captivating accounts shared by expert historians and savvy local guides.


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      Travelling with your tastebuds, treating them to new flavours, spices and textures along the way. From the very first breakfast to the last nightcap, travelling through Europe indulges your palate, with every meal an opportunity to discover regional fare. Savour each new flavour, try the local tipple and take home fresh culinary inspiration. Let us share our love for food and hospitality with you.


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      Once you've packed your suitcase, we take care of the rest, removing all your concerns so that you can be secure in the knowledge that an award-winning global company with an impeccable reputation has taken care of every little detail. We arrange everything you'll need along your journey - meals, accommodation and travel logistics, because we are with you all the way. Travel the world with peace of mind, knowing you’re in the hands of Trafalgar.


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      • Guest Service Rating from 315 Reviews

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        Service rating : Great sights, enjoyable very, friendly atmosphere, hotels were lovely and the tour guide and bus driver helpful and fun. All in all it was a grand trip ans Scotland is magical. I would love to go again.Product : Wonderful time and I saw and learned sooooooo much.

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        Service rating : The trip went without a lot of hassles, the guide and bus driver were very good, the accommodations were good also.Product : Average

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        Service:

        Service rating : the welcome meal was slop. i have food allergies and was not served any desert on two occasions both were optionals. due to food issues, on one of these occasions, I had to wait extra for my meal so my companions gave me part of their meal. when i did get the meal it was

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        Everything. And, Yes, I highly recommeded Trafalgar

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        Service rating : On the Scotland trip, the accommodations outside the large cities were not up to my expectations based on my trip with Trafalgar summer of 2016 to Russia and the Baltics. The sights and activities in Scotland were up to expectations and the tour director did his best, but the

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